USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Senior Fellow Geneva Overholser was featured on PBS NewsHour to discuss national security and surveillance reporting in light of the recent Pulitzer Prize awards.
Overholser, who is also a former professor and director of USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism, said that while the stories didn’t require a lot of “deep-digging reporting” because they were based on stolen documents, leaked by Edward Snowden, they still deserved the Pulitzer.
“It was awarded to the most affecting story of this year, in my view,” said Overholser. “I mean, this story had enormous impact.”
She added that the Pulitzer board’s decision to award the coverage of national security and surveillance is “an extremely powerful affirmation of this important work.”
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